2021 Commencement

 

                         2021 Virtual Ceremony                  

             2021 Commencement Program           

 

Grossmont College's 60th Annual

Commencement Ceremony

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

5 p.m. (Pacific Time)

 

 

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Drive-Thru Celebration
Grossmont College's Drive-Thru Commencement Celebration
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 9:00am-11:00amdrivethru

Reservations now closed.  RSVP's were due Fri. June 4th 12  p.m. (Pacific Time)

 

Unable to attend?  View the event here: Drive-Thru Livestream

 

  • One car allowed per graduate
  • Graduates will enter the drive-thru celebration along the west side of Grossmont College Drive, next to Parking Lot #1 View the Grossmont College Campus Map Online
  • Tune in to Griffin Radio while driving through the event for a special communication stream.  Have a smart phone in your car?   Tune in by downloading and using the TuneIn mobile app
  • There are many departments participating in the drive-thru celebration; look out for additional information from these groups regarding specific graduate handouts should you be a participant in a specific departmental program
  • Diploma covers will be given to graduates (one per graduate while supplies last-items will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis)
  • Graduates are welcome to take pictures at the event. Pictures may only be taken from your cars in order to maintain social distancing. Grad Images will take professional photographs for individual purchase at the end of the Drive-Thru route. Graduates will receive additional information about Grad Images at check-in.

NOTE: This is a drive-thru event. Please remain in your car as we practice safe, social distancing.  Masks required. Thank you!

 

One car allowed per graduate

 

Disabilities, Medical and Special Needs: Graduates who need assistance must contact the Accessibility Resource Center at 619-644-7112 NO LATER THAN Thursday, May 20, 2021 to request accommodations. Please note: The college does not provide Personal Care Attendants.

Before the Ceremony

 

 

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Apply to Graduate

Complete an Application for Graduation: All candidates must file an Application for Graduation with the Admissions & Records Office by Friday, March 12, 2021, 4pm PST to ensure that their name is in the commencement program. Candidates will be notified about their graduation status. 

Have Questions?  Want to know the status of the processing of your degree/certificate? Email Grossmont.Evaluations@gcccd.edu for questions regarding your application for graduation.

 

Note: In order to ensure the correct spelling of your name in the commencement program and on your diploma, you are advised to ensure the accurate spelling of your name on your graduation application. To make corrections to your application please email Grossmont.Evaluations@gcccd.edu

 

Eligible Participants: Students who have applied for graduation with the Admissions & Records Office for Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021 and Spring 2021 and are eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony. 

Have Questions? Email Grossmont.Graduation@gcccd.edu for questions regarding the virtual ceremony.

Order Memorabilia

Students are not required to purchase a cap, gown, stole, cords, or any other graduation memorabilia for the virtual ceremony.  The deadline to purchase cap, gown, and other memorabilia from Herff Jones  is Friday, May 14, 2021. 

 

If students are unable to order a cap and gown from Herff Jones, students may seek out an alternative vendor to purchase these items. The Grossmont College cap and gown is all black and there are many alternative websites that may have similar items available.

 

Students may contact the Grossmont College Bookstore to purchase tassels and honors cords.

Attend Graduation Q&A Session

Are you unable to attend the Graduation Information Session or still have questions about commencement?

 

For additional information and questions, students may attend a Q&A session:

Friday, May 14th at 11am:  Zoom Link
Tuesday, May 18th at 3pm:  Zoom Link

q&a session

 

Participate in Gradfest Online

Join us  for Grossmont College's Virtual Grad Fest, an interactive experience!

 

When? June 1 - June 8

 

How? Participate online  (more information coming soon!)

 

Gradfest

 

Commencement Ceremony Registration & Participation

GRADUATES-CEREMONY REGISTRATION INFORMATION WILL BE SENT TO THE EMAIL ADDRESS ON FILE WITH EVALUATIONS. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IS UP-TO-DATE.

 

Have Questions?  Want to know the status of the processing of your degree/certificate? Email Grossmont.Evaluations@gcccd.edu for questions regarding your application for graduation. 

 

A registration link to register for the ceremony  will be emailed to you on or around May 7th. Once the registration link is received, graduates should complete the following steps:

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Step 1: Register with Marching Order

To register you will click on the link that was emailed to you, where you will create a password for your Marching Order account.

 

 

Step 2: Record Your Name

The deadline to record your name is Friday, May 14th

 

To ensure the proper pronunciation of your name, you may record your name by telephone to provide accurate pronunciation.  

Step 3: Personalize Your Slide

The deadline to upload a personal message and photo is Sunday, May 23rd 

 

Graduates may personalize their commencement slide with a message and photo here: grossmont.marchingorder.com. While a cap and gown is not required for the ceremony, graduation themed photos are encouraged!

  • Personalized messages may only be up to 150 characters.
  • When uploading your photo, it needs to be either a PNG or JPG and can be up to 5 MB.

Note:  any photo or message that may be considered obscene or offensive is not permitted. This includes but is not limited to photos or messages that contain profanity, criminal references, nudity, weapons, drugs, or alcohol.  We deserve the right to remove any photo or message that may be considered obscene or offensive.

Participation in the virtual ceremony is completely voluntary, however, we encourage all who graduated to participate. 

 

If you do not wish to participate in the virtual ceremony, you do not need to do anything further. Only graduates who register to participate in the virtual ceremony will have a personalized slide. If a graduate does not personalize a slide, the student's name and degree or certificate information will be displayed on a non-personalized slide just as it will be listed in the published commencement program.

 

FERPA Disclaimer: By completing and submitting a graduation slide, your name, degree or certificate information, picture and personal message will be displayed publicly during the virtual ceremony and will remain searchable on the World Wide Web. 

 

If you wish not to be listed in the virtual ceremony please email Grossmont.Graduation@gcccd.edu.

 

Disabilities, Medical and Special Needs: Closed captioning of the virtual ceremony will be available. Graduates who need assistance (mobility, sign language interpretation, accessible formats, etc.) must contact the Accessibility Resource Center at 619-644-7112 NO LATER THAN Thursday, May 20, 2021 to request accommodations. Please note: The college does not provide Personal Care Attendants.

Viewing the Ceremony

VIEW CEREMONY HERE: 2021 Commencement Ceremony

 

Virtual Participation 

The virtual ceremony will take place at 5pm, June 9, 2021.

A virtual ceremony has many of the same components of a live ceremony, which you and your guests will view online. During the ceremony, your name will be announced as your photo and a slide, personalized by each graduate, are displayed. 

 

Conferral of Degrees

Actual degrees are not issued during the virtual commencement ceremony. Degrees and certificates are awarded and posted to transcripts when grades are final, approximately one month after the term ends. Graduates will be notified via email. Printed diplomas will be mailed within the United Stated approximately three months after the semester ends. Please make sure your current address is on file. Replacement diplomas due to incorrect address on file is $15. The Graduation Address is separate from other addresses for the college and cannot be update through WebAdvisor. To update your information, please contact Grossmont.Evaluations@gcccd.edu. Diplomas may be mailed internationally for a fee.

 

Outstanding Payments: Please note that if you have an outstanding obligation (such as fees or payments you still owe) to the college, we will not be able to release your diploma when it becomes available.

 

Commencement Program

An official commencement program is available as a digital download here: coming soon

 

Social Media 

Want your celebratory pictures and messages shared during the ceremony? Use the hashtag #griffingrad2021 to ensure your message is posted via social media. 

 

Note: Grossmont College deserves the right to remove any inappropriate, negative, or unrelated tweets from the feed at its sole discretion.

After the Ceremony

Career and Transfer Services

It’s not too late to transfer! Our staff can connect you with university reps, arrange campus tours, and provide other resources to help guide you to your next goal.

 

Transfer Center
619-644-7215

 

Ready to tackle the world? Our staff can help you find employment that’s related to your field of study and training, and show you how to effectively use online job search resources.

 

Career Center 
619-644-7614

 


 

 

Alumni Association

Congratulations Class of 2021!!!

Now that you've graduated, you're invited to stay connected by joining the Alumni Association for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges.

 

Top 5 Reasons to Join the Alumni Association:
It's the No. 1 way to connect to Grossmont College— The Alumni Association keeps you informed and engaged with Grossmont College through activities, programs and publications.
Get an edge in your career— Members receive exclusive invitations to attend networking events to expand their professional connections.
Show your Griffin pride— Membership is FREE and is an easy way for alumni and friends to demonstrate their Griffin pride. We keep alums aware of fun activities like GradFest, football tailgates and other social events.
You're in the know— Members receive the latest news about Grossmont College through the Community Connections e-newsletter, direct mail and social media.
Enjoy a tax break, too!— Any donation made through the Alumni Association is tax-deductible, thereby reducing your tax bill each year. Giving back to your alma mater helps to provide opportunities to many deserving students.


Join for FREE today at foundation.gcccd.edu/alumni!

 

 FAQ

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When & where do I register?
  • All candidates must file an Application for Graduation with the Admissions & Records Office by Friday, March 12, 2021, 4pm PST to ensure that their name is in the commencement program. Candidates will be notified about their graduation status. Have Questions? Email Grossmont.Evaluations@gcccd.edu
  • Students who have applied for graduation with the Admissions & Records Office for Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021 and Spring 2021 and are eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony.  
  • All eligible graduates may register for the virtual ceremony using the link that will be emailed to them (or click here: Register) on or around May 7th.

Note: The deadline to record your name for the ceremony is Friday, May 14th & the deadline to upload a photo and message  is Sunday, May 23rd.  

What is a virtual ceremony?

A virtual ceremony has many of the same components of a live ceremony, which you and your guests will view online. During the ceremony, your name will be announced as your photo and a slide, personalized by each graduate, are displayed. 

How do I personalize my virtual commencement slide?

To participate in the Commencement Ceremony and personalize your commencement slide, you will be sent a link on or around May 7th to register for the virtual ceremony. Student may also log-on to grossmont.marchingorder.com to register.

 

Graduates will be able to upload a photo and a personalized message of up to 150 characters.

 

The deadline to upload a photo and message is Sunday, May 23rd.

 

Note:  any photo or message that may be considered obscene or offensive is not permitted. This includes but is not limited to photos or messages that contain profanity, criminal references, nudity, weapons, drugs, or alcohol.  We deserve the right to remove any photo or message that may be considered obscene or offensive.

How will my degree or certificate information be listed on my commencement slide?

 The degree or certificate type you earn (associates in arts or science; certificate in arts or science) will be listed on your slide underneath your name.

 

Your specific degree or certificate specialization will NOT be listed on your commencement slide.

 

The number of degrees or certificates you earned will NOT be listed on your commencement slide.

Am I required to participate in the virtual commencement?

While you are not required to participate in the commencement ceremony by personalizing your slide, we highly encourage you to! Your accomplishments are important!

 

Should graduates choose not to personalize their commencement slide, only their name and degree/certificate information will be listed on the commencement slide show.

What if I don’t want my name listed in the virtual commencement or in the commencement program?

If you do not wish to have your name listed in the commencement slide show please email the Office of Student Affairs at Grossmont.Graduation@gcccd.edu to request the removal of your name from the show.

 

If you do not wish to have your name listed in the published commencement program please email Evaluations at Grossmont.Evaluations@gcccd.edu to request the removal of your name from the program. 

 

How do I know if I am graduating with honors or other special recognition?

Graduates receiving academic honors will be listed as such in the commencement ceremony program. Those recognized in the program will have achieved one or more of the following distinctions:

  • Academic Distinction: cumulative GPA of 4.0 in all college coursework
  • Scholastic Honors: cumulative GPA of 3.5-3.99 in all college coursework

The commencement ceremony program will also include notations next to graduates’ names who are members in good standing of Phi Theta Kappa, awarded Students of Note, and military veterans.

Students should confirm their academic honors and special recognition status when they verify their name spelling on their graduation application.

 

HAVE QUESTIONS? Please email Grossmont.Evaluations@gcccd.edu

Where can I order a cap & gown or other graduation memorabilia?

Students are not required to purchase a cap, gown, stole, cords, or any other graduation memorabilia for the virtual ceremony.  The deadline to purchase cap, gown, and other memorabilia from Herff Jones  is Friday, May 14, 2021. 

 

If students are unable to order a cap and gown from Herff Jones, students may seek out an alternative vendor to purchase these items. The Grossmont College cap and gown is all black and there are many alternative websites that may have similar items available.

 

Students may contact the Grossmont College Bookstore to purchase tassels and honors cords.

Where do I go if I have questions?
  • Students are encouraged to attend the Graduation Information Session on Thursday, May 6th 10am-11am Please sign up here: Graduation Information Session
  • For additional information and questions, students may attend a Q&A session:
  • Friday, May 14th at 11am:  Zoom Link

  • Tuesday, May 18th at 3pm:  Zoom Link
  • For further questions about the 60th Annual Commencement Ceremony & Drive-Thru Graduation Celebration  please email the Office of Student Affairs at grossmont.graduation@gcccd.edu or call (619) 644-7600.
  • For questions regarding the status of your graduation application & the mailing of your degree please email Evaluations at Grossmont.Evaluations@gcccd.edu.
Can we take pictures during the Drive-Thru Celebration?

Graduates are welcome to take pictures at the event. Pictures may only be taken from your cars in order to maintain social distancing. Grad Images will take professional photographs for individual purchase at the end of the Drive-Thru route. Graduates will receive additional information at check-in.